News Release
Release No.STELPRD4018689
ContactDeborah Callahan706-546-2162
Athens, GA, Oct 24, 2012 --

@@ USDA Rural Development State Director Quinton Robinson today announced a farm demonstration and commercial meat goat business development event to help spur economic development and create jobs statewide.

   “The USDA continues to advance regional rural economic development by strategically channeling resources towards agribusiness projects that hold a promise of creating sustainable long term jobs” Robinson said. Meat Goat represents just such a market development opportunity. For example customers of La Rosa Tienda Mexicana in Tifton, Georgia consider goat meat a delicacy that they would like to see available all the time. “The problem is that goat meat is imported from Australia, which drives the cost up. I want a local source for goat meat that will keep cost in check for my customers” said owner Arturo Chavez speaking through a translator.

USDA is ready to assist by connecting stakeholders of the meat goat industry. The Farm Demonstration and Commercial Meat Goat Business Development Day will bring many experts together, educating potential producers interested in the opportunity, linking farmers with the market to consumers. This free event that is open to the public and held at the Boggs Rural Life Center Inc. at 4729 Quaker Road in Keysville, Georgia on October 29, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. It will be especially informative to farmers and other entrepreneurs who are interested in all aspects of meat goat production.

Topics during the October 29th Farm Demonstration Day include marketing opportunities, land conservation practices, financing the operation, animal fundamentals, facilities and marketing plans. Fort Valley State University’s Georgia Small Ruminant Research and Education Center will demonstrate the A-Z of best practices in goat meat production. Specialists from USDA Rural Development, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Farm Service Agency will be sharing their expertise and explain funding opportunities.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy, small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are committed to a smarter use of Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.


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